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Take Your Class On An Environmental Field Trip!

Early education and experiences help shape children's values, perspectives, and their understanding of the natural environment and how to interact with it. As growing environmental challenges loom on the horizon for generations to come, it is absolutely crucial to integrate environmental education into early childhood experiences.

Discover the Bay Flyer

Discover The Bay

Join Aquarium of the Bay and Alcatraz Cruises for a unique, hands-on educational experience. Our new Discover the Bay program combines the experience of learning about San Francisco Bay onboard the Hornblower Hybrid, the nation’s first hybrid ferry, with a guided tour of Aquarium of the Bay’s exhibits with more than 20,000 local marine animals. Lead by the Aquarium’s team of expert naturalists, this experience provides an immersive learning experience with San Francisco Bay from above and below the water.

During this 5 hour program, your students will learn about the ecology of San Francisco Bay, the history of these waters and the surrounding Golden Gate National Recreation Area, impacts of climate change to this region, innovative energy saving technologies, and personal actions everyone can do to protect this vital resource. The Discover the Bay program is aligned with California State Science Standards for 6th grade – and is appropriate for students in 5th through 8th grade. Alcatraz Cruises is pleased to partner with Aquarium of the Bay, a local non-profit dedicated to creating experiences that inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed.

Learning stations aboard the boat include:

  • Hands-on, Educational Activities
  • Bay Food Web & Plankton Exploration
  • Water Chemistry
  • Hybrid Technology & Climate Change
  • Bay Wetlands & Ecology

Program package includes:

  • 2 1/2 Hour Interactive Hybrid Ferry Cruise
  • Lunch aboard the Hornblower Hybrid (lunch not provided)
  • 1 Hour Aquarium Guided Tour

For more information please send an email to

Hybrid boat in water
Aquarium of the Bay